Niki D'Andrea, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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This year’s Birds Nest Concert Series at the Waste Management Phoenix Open looks a little like an eclectic European summer music festival – American rappers scheduled between country superstars before a Norwegian DJ headliner. But the sonic variety is part of the appeal for the four-day fête, which draws fans from all over the world to the big tent at TPC Scottsdale. Here’s the word on the Birds. Miranda Lambert The country chanteuse kicks off...

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After a 20-year career as a golf professional that included a role on the Golf Channel reality show Big Break Mexico, Phoenix resident Rob West recently released his debut country music album, Arizona. West describes his music as “mainstream country with an old-school flair” and he’s performed all over the U.S. in the past seven years, including a gig opening for John Michael Montgomery. Some might think it’s a stretch from swinging a long iron...

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On December 14, resident shock rocker Alice Cooper hosts his 18th Christmas Pudding show at Celebrity Theatre with guests including Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Mark Slaughter, proving once again that yüle is the heaviest holiday ever. Get primed for Cooper’s annual audio anvil with these horrifyingly heavy Christmas songs. “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” – Korn Korn’s cover of this song from Danny Elfman’s The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack gets an extra dose of...

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The Arizona State Fair has hosted concerts at Veterans Memorial Coliseum since the 1960s, including such vaunted performers as Willie Nelson (1976), The Police (1980), Johnny Cash (1982) and Neil Young (1988). This year’s 14-show concert series features brooding Brits, country boys and hammer pants. Here are our picks for acts that can help you wrap up a long day of roller coasters and deep-fried snacks on sticks. Country Concerts Various Dates Billy Currington, Trace...

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